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Dynamic Learning Helps us All Grow

We engage adults and children to learn about farming, healthy food, service and environmental stewardship. When we provide dynamic learning experiences, we help build social, emotional and mental health. Expose your child to new foods and new skills even at the youngest ages to help them meet important milestones as they grow, and create habits that give them the best opportunities to thrive.

 

So much has changed in the past few years. We transitioned from providing over 3,900 area students with on the farm and in-classroom educational programs in 2019 to virtual videos and kits and now are back in the classrooms with even more demand for our education programs. In 2020, we brought the farm home with 25 unique videos including storytelling, lessons, recipes and farm fun. As well, 500 kits were created for the children of our community, made possibly partly by Kings Food Markets. In 2022, we have already reached over 1,200 students in the spring semester. 

 

Unique farm to school experience help students make connections between where their food comes from and how their food choices can impact their health, the environment, and their community. Our lessons are created with a determination to be culturally responsive, encouraging students to embrace their identities, celebrate diversity, and learn about foods that honor and bond communities. We coordinate with teachers of visiting student groups, create curriculum, and provide staff to execute lessons at The Urban Farm. 

 

The need to build a foundation for children centered around healthy eating impacts their ability to grow, learn, play and thrive as individuals and members of a community.

Many of our volunteers in 2021 were high school students in need of places to get outside and interact with others. The lessons they learned about service to community, stewardship of the land, and methods to grow food while caring for the environment were amazing. In addition, we initiated a new program coordinating with the Morristown High School STEM program to build individual hydroponic experiments. It was quite a journey of ups and downs trying to keep the plants alive. Science is about making mistakes though and how we adapt and learn from them! We look forward to making more programs available with your support.

We work with our community to celebrate a lifetime of healthy choices in our lives that help us to achieve aspirations. We inspire children of all ages to understand what we can do to be a part of a more just and resilient food system. 

Please consider making a donation, signing up to volunteer or checking out our wish list for items that make these programs possible.

Preschool Programs (off-site)  

Individual lessons or reoccurring outreach programs are available at local area schools. Lessons can be customized to your individual educational needs.  Programs can focus on making nutritious eating fun, how plants grow, seed to table, and many more. Some possible outreach programs include topics like: Wonderful Worms, Pollinator Paradise, Five Little Pumpkins, and A Seed is Sleepy. Sessions can include crafts, storytelling and time in the garden if your facility is set up for outdoor education. Contact info@growitgreenmorristown.org to discuss possibilities.

Watch this video to see an education program with second graders in the Morris School District.